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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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Reviews: 2,000
Hads: 5,980
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 20.19%
Wants: 328
Gots: 1,262 | FT: 22
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottles, post "pop the cap" in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, great ruby highlights, foamy head that laces

smell: dark fruits, cherry, slight alcohol

taste: mildly chocolately, dark cherries, alcohol is present, sugary, heavy malt, brown sugar, plums soaked in alcohol. Tis pretty tasty if i do say so.

mouthfeel: full, bubbly carbonation

drinkability: more than drinkable

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition. A dark, creamy head that helps to unleash a hypnotic Belgian candi sugar smell. Taste came up with a bit of Curaçao liquer and cocoa, making it more than a little buzzworthy. All I get from the kriek blend is a light sourness. Very good and an intriguing blend.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pours a dark brown with a huge creamy head. The smell is an exotic mixture of chocolates, fruits and sugar treats. The bananna roasted chocolate is unbelievable to the nose, the yeast is fruity and terriffic. The taste is complex but has everything a belgian ale should have. Smooth sweet yeast blended well with compley malts. Perfect ale.

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Photo of kbnooshay
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a truely a crazy and unique brew. Nice presentation, cool ass bottle. This pours a gorgeous cloudy brown/ruby hue with a beige/brown creamy 1 inch head. The lacing is nice and sporadic. The smell is a combination of all sorta of amazing things with a sweet maltiness. Cherries, chocolate and apples(and maybe orange) were detected. In the begining I sort of felt attacked by the alcohol, the warmth actually hit me right there at the begining but as you experience it you are enveloped in amazingness. The cherry flavor seemed to fade into an excellent balance with the other flavors. The mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation that results in a really smooth ride. This is so damn tasty and complex (yet at the same time so drinkable and smooth) that my review does not do it justice, read the others. After you spend 2 or 3 minutes with this the drinkablility increases greatly. The alcohol is hidden very well. A real treat.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with ruby highlights and a thick head of beige foam; leaves a smattering of lacing here and there

Smell: Cherries jump out, with hints of chocolate and caramel; also, some rum-soaked dried dark fruit and a strand of red licorice

Taste: Starts out with a touch of caramel sweetness with the chocolate and tart cherry flavors quickly making their presence known; in the middle, the tart lambic flavors build to a crescendo; amazing how balanced this brew stays..never too sweet nor too sour; finishes with a woody tone

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation

Overall: A distinctive beer that is always worth re-visiting

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Photo of AltBock
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition in a 750ml bottle
Appearance: Poured a dark ruby brown that looked kind of cola like to me. Had a nice size head of foam that was tan in color that left plenty of lacing in the glass.
Smell: The smell had plenty of malts with loads of chocolate covered cherries in it. There was also some other fruits in in that I just couldn't put my finger on.
Taste: This is the part where you get to taste those chocolate covered cherries that you smelled. It also had kind of a malty aftertaste to it.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied that goes down smooth. This stuff really hides that 9.8% alcohol content. Before you know it, you really start to feel the effects of that 9.8% content.
Drinkability: Overall one hell of a tasty brew that is easily affordable at just under $5. Not bad for my first Quadrupel. Another winner from Ommegang.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark maroon body, with lots of red highlights visible. Head is very large on the pour, which fades slowly to a solid creamy layer of foam. Lots of alcohol and cherries in the nose, other dark fruits and rum also present. Very rich and malty, witth dark chocolate covered cherries the showpiece. This is a very big beer, very interesting beer, the cherries play a big aprt of the experience. I like it a lot.

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Photo of finepaws
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a tasty brew!!! Pours a nice ruby brown color. Good thick foamy head, that disapates to a nice lace around the edges. Good legs too. Smell was malty and fruity, couldn't peg either, very slight. Taste was a bang though. Belgium flavors all over, candy sugar, yeasty malts, and oh so sweet cherries. I can't believe how good this beer tasted. Not too powerful either. Great balance between malt, sweetness, and slight hop flavor. Considering it's abv, it was quite drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep reddish brown colour. Light tan head with some lacing and good retention. Bready malt and apple skin/pear fruitiness dominate the aroma. Starts with malty sweetness, some spiciness shows up in the middle, followed by light cherry fruitiness at the end. Some yeastiness throughout. The finish has a light alcohol warmth and is mostly dry. Moderately low carbonation, medium body with a creamy texture. I really enjoyed the aroma and the alcohol is hidden well. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/red, nice highlights, big offwhite head, but it goes quick however leaves some nice lacing. Smell is malty sweetness, hops, apple skins, cherry. Taste is spice, maltiness, alcohol is apparent though muted, sour cherries near the end, and yeast. The carbonation was nice, medium, body was great. Tasty beer. Thanks DrJay.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red, with a thick tan two finger head that gently fades away to a thick cap that leaves behind tons of lace. Smells of toffee, spices and a little cherry. Taste is a slightly sugary, malty and a mildly sour cherry. Had to keep myself from drinking it to fast with it being almost %10 ABV. Really good in all. I'll be keeping some of this on hand all the time

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 - Muddled dark candy bar brown with a slight glow about the edges. Awesome cap of yellowed creamyness sits about an inch high and seats itself there for quite a long time. Once its quaffed a bit, it tends to keep a very thick, firm, and whipped creamy topping. Lacing in hole-lined sheeting.

Aroma of dark floral cherrys, crisp peeled willow bark, and some caramel. Very light noting of chocolate cookie dough.

Inticing taster. A flavor ride of a treat with a big malt base of dark caramel, darker toffee, and mild molasses sliced with dark cherry liquids, dates, and figs. Malty and slightly creamified doughy center with lovely wild yeast drying effects creating a fresh bark backing and green leafy floral-like spice. Dustings of chocolate float around and mingle with delicate, alluring coatings over the dark fruityness and caramel.

Feel works quite well with the flavors, fairly full and rich with a bold and fluffy carbonation wrapped in a mild dryness and subtlety. Malt loaded creamyness ensues within and behind each sip making for one easy quaffable quad. Damn good stuff! The 9.8% doesn't seem to show up anywhere but in the last areas of the 750 once you've finished your first glass and into the second.

A euphoric philosophic thanks in the dualisms or abstractions contrived of existentialism and transcendentalism goes to warriorsoul for this experience in hedonism.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 750ml of this brew and was excited to try it based upon the addition of kriek lambic from lindenman's.

I poured this into a chalice, carefully as instructed on the bottle. It was a cloudy dark brown with a tan head of less than a centimeter after a minute of two.

The smell was typical ommegang, perhaps a bit weaker in nose than the straight ommegang. The taste was a malty darkness, followed by a middle filled with raisin/licorice sweetness, and capped off by a finish which was dry alcohol and bitter cherry.

I must say that after about half a glass I wanted to stop drinking. I was puzzled the nose on this beer was quite good if you like that Ommegang smell, and the lacing was superb, greasy clumps of bubbles sliding around the glass swirl after swirl. But the Kriek in there did not work for me. It was like trying to drink an Ommegang with a bitter aftertaste.

I did give this beer a fair shot and scored it high in some areas. Something kept me drinking to finish the whole glass. I just don't consider this world class, but based upon what it is and what it is trying to accomplish, its really not that bad.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Time for a revisit, seeing as how I found a 750mL bottle for $5. One of the best brews for the money I've ever had... not to mention being one of the best brews I've ever had.
2005 vintage poured into a Chimay goblet (I'm not a fan of the Chimay brews I've had but the goblet is pretty cool).
Looks as a quad should and does it in style. Beautiful ruby color with a tan head that hangs around for a little ... laces the glass moderately.
Smells like a well made rum cake or some such; smells like dessert.
Taste wise, as far as I'm concerned, this holds its own with the other quads I've tried. Very deep and complex.. thoroughly enjoyable. Frankly, I'd like to see what this tastes like without the cherry lambic added. (Dark cherry flavor dominates the dark fruit medly in here... I get some dried figs as well, some raisins...)
It is a lovely addition but I'd like to taste it raw. I have a feeling it would be delicious without the addition.
Even this young this is a tasty, savory brew.
Lingering flavor and marshmallow texture in the mouthfeel... smooth and velvety. Very soft... appropriately carbonated.
Very, very drinkable for the style. You want to be able to drink more but the 10% alcohol makes that tricky. Then again, this isn't the sort of style where you're supposed to be able to pound bottle after bottle. A glass or two... or four.. is to be savored.
Where, oh where is cave aged Three Philosophers!??!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite terrific American rendition to a Belgian Quad. Pours a viscous brown-ish red with golden highlights. Dainty white, fizzy head that fades quickly, but laces well. Smells sweetly with caramel, fruits, and spices. Tastes big on malt, and mildly caramelly, brown sugary, fig-ey, date-ey, and cherry-ey. Sweet spices of clove, corriander, pepper, and estery. Becomes more alcoholic through the body. Sweet and powdery finish. A good Belgian replica. A great buy for the buck.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage 750 ml
Pours deep chestnut brown with garnet highlights. The head is initially high, fluffy, and airy, but settles quickly without a trace of lace.

Nose is rich and malty, brimming with dark cherry, plum, and berry notions followed by hints of brown sugar and dark bubbly caramel. There's a bit of earthy dry woody tones adding to the rich melange of aromas. As it warms, the fruit becomes more apparent, as does the ABV.

Very malty flavors up front, with melted brown sugar, dark chewy caramel, and pumpernickle bread dusted with cocoa powder. There's a good measure of semi-tart dark cherry along with rasberries, dried plum, molasses, and hints of chocolate. As it warms the cherry flavor really comes out, but is balanced by a lovely woody, earthy, lightly musty cellar note. The high ABV is rather noticable, it still has a slightly harsh edge to it. A diamond in the rough. I bet this would be KILLER with at least 2 years on it. It's allready complex and would really turn into a gem.

Mouthfeel is very full, with ample big bubbled carbonation and a creamy dense texture. Definately for sipping. I fely very toasty after a 750 to myself.

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Photo of TPSReports
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tiny bubble floating up into a medium density tan head when I poured this bottle into my chalice.

Rich brown sugar aromas with a hint of taffy tickle the nose.

This is a very interesting quad -- there's plenty of fruitiness here with a late lingering esprsso flavor. I imagine that as this beer warms from the 48 degrees in the cellar that the front end taste will be quite nice.

this beer has more an early carnonation tingle than other quads I've sampled -- certainly not overdone, but there.

Overall, this a nice drinkable quad, but would rank as my favorite. A nice job by Ommegang.


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Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this with some baked brie and Michigan dried cherries. What a pair. This beer poured a dark amber with a reddish tint. It has a light tan/brownish head.

The Aroma is of sweet malt with a slight cherryness to it. Excellent.

The taste is malty and sweet with some of the lambic coming through. The cherry presence is nice especially while eating the dried ones in the brie.

Great mouthfeel. Very warming from the alcohol. It has a full body.

I think this is drinkable to my standards but I like high amounts of alcohol in my beer.

A definate must try. I have to get some more of this soon.

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Photo of Naes
2.96/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The appearance is cloudy brown with a light tan head that is quite sticky and frothy.

Smell is of cherries and other fruitiness.

The flavor is earthy and sweet. This beer has quite a unique and complex taste. Alcohol is also present.

Its mouth feel is full bodied and almost syrupy.

Drinkability is low. This is a sipping beer for sure and at 9.8% you had better take your time with this one.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2005, caged cork bottle.

Was given this one as a gift and could not wait to try, so I opened it up and gave it a whirl. I absolutely loved the color, a beautiful dark red, cherry wood color that was very crisp and clear. Outstanding. A sweet cherry aroma that was very subtle and smooth. Also noticed a slight medicinal smell, but did not think it was very overpowering or consuming. Taste was a bit rough, and would probably be better with a year of aging. Cherry taste was very noticeable and was quite interesting since it did not have the lambic-like tartness. I would purchase this one and probably let it age a year or two to smooth out some of the rough edges and let some of the malt characters come though. Overall, a very interesting and original beer that I would recommend.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There are two good inches of dense, fizzy, tan head. Color is a cloudy, dark brown with pale sediment. Wow: rich, tangy nose has dark toffee syrup, chocolate and cherries. The front is tangy toffee, spicy with butter. In the middle there is dark, rich malt and tangy fruit. Lots of alcohol in the finish, with some buried cherries and bitter chocolate. Nice cherries push forward in the aftertaste, with some biscuit and spice. Wow. What a great use for Lindemans Kriek. Delicious, spicy, dark, fruity brew with a quite bitter finish. Brilliant.

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Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Brewed 2004”

Dark amber-ruby in hue with some brown coloring in the mix. The color of the liquid is very attractive. It is mysterious. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was fair; it steadily faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not widespread. This is a damn pleasing beer to look at.

The nose is a tropical array of luscious malts and dark fruits. I love the strong blend of dark cherries, dates, figs, raisins, and the very appetizing maltiness. There is great power in the nose, plus there is plenty of depth. There are hints of wood, clove, pepper, and a smattering of medicinal qualities and even a hint of tobacco leaf. I’ve smelled this beer many times and I enjoy every sniff… every time. Lovely. Inviting.

The palate is fun. It is like a really good summer blockbuster. No, this beer is not Oscar worthy but it is something you’d see in the theaters two or three times and then buy the DVD. It is fun. It is enjoyable. So is this beer. The nose cued me in and the palate delivered on a strong malty blast that holds up to the firm and deep dark fruitiness. The flavors pop… dark cherries, oaky, cloves, band-aids, figs, dates, apples, rum, and a kiss of candy sugar, brown sugar, and chocolate. This is a very well constructed beer. This is a real gem from Ommegang. You know… maybe… this beer is Oscar worthy after all, now that I really think about it. Yeah, it is that good.

Medium in body, active carbonation, the bubbles are compact and tiny but jumpy. It is plenty firm and healthy. Long aftertaste. This beer begs to be paired with complex cheeses and rich, creamy foods.

What a wonderful beer. Wonderful. It could be improved but I’m not sure how, exactly. Its not lacking… I drink this beer often but not often enough. This bottle has been in my cellar for a few months. My 750ml bottle was purchased in Milwaukee, MN. Now the smaller bottles are available in Omaha. Hell Yeah!

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Photo of bceaglejoe
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a rich, dark amber-brown color into a tulip glass, producing a thick tan head with very good retention. A nice cascade showed off a decent amount of carbonation. This could be one of the best-looking beers out there. Strong red wine characteristics came across on the nose, with some alcohol scent. A fruity aroma was balanced by a strong malt presence.

Tasting: Very strong alcohol flavors hit the tongue and came across in the aftertaste. After the initial sip, which left a strong impression, some malt flavors started to come through. Faint cherry flavors were present, and they were rather sweet as well (hence the "cherry lambic added" note on the label). A silky smooth mouthfeel and a medium body are very positive aspects of this beer. It's also a very drinkable beer, although the alcohol content may discourage drinking more than one or two of it. It would go well with food or as an after-dinner beer with some cheese and crackers.

This is a good Quadrupel. I would recommend this beer (as well as other Ommegang products) to someone who would like an introduction to the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby brown with a small tan head that slowly dissapates. Lots of sediment rests in the bottom of the glass. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass.
Smell is of sweet chocolate covered cherries and syrup.
Taste is richly of chocolate cherries, caramel, candy sugar, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, tingly, with a bit of a sugary sweetness lingering towards the front of the tongue. Seems to have a rich, truffle like finish.
Drinkability is a little less than good b/c it was hard for me to enjoy it while sipping. The alcohol is very evident and it made it difficult for me to want to finish the big bottle or look for any more. If you split this amongst 3 or 4 people to cap the night off, that's more like the speed of this one.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear burgundy color. Poured carefully as per the bottle as to not agitate the sediment. Head was nice, can't really speak to lacing d/t the swirling I'm doing to get that nice aroma.

S: Malty, sweet, just a bare hint of the lambic used, gives it a very subdued funky cherry smell. Dark fruity aromas of raisins and black cherry. Alcohol smell was powerful at first sip but has since mellowed to a faint medicinal smell in the background.

T: Not sweet per se, but fruity with a little bit of the cherry flavor. Tastes of alcohol soaked fruits. Can't really taste any hops. Definitely a beer to savor as you sip.

M: Fairly strong alcohol warming, not surprising considering the stated ABV%. Nice level of carbonation, the fizziness of it helps carry the aromas and flavors. Smooth. Medium body.

D&N: Very nice beer here, wish it were packaged in a smaller bottle, this big bottle will take me a few hours to enjoy. Very complex, drinks more like a nice wine than a beer. Worthy of trying if you like quads.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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